Sorry for long post but I want to give as much info as I can on my needs. I am not very tech smart, but play a lot of games. I have some ideas for parts and I'll provide links.
Looking to try and stay under 1k(and periphrials as cheap as possible without the monitor being a graphics bottleneck), but if it gets a little over thats fine.
I want to stay away from overclocking, and yes I have read the articles and posts on how safe it is. I don't take risks though. 5% increased risk to pc for 30%+ more performance isn't something I want to mess with or worry about. I'd like to add more cooling even without overclocking.
I usually don't play games that are too demanding. Mostly blizz games with a focus on diablo 3 coming out. I would really like to play it on high settings and not worry about speed. Sometimes I play other stuff like crysis and teamfortress2. I would like to be able to adequately play various future releases too. I understand that a great machine now is probably an ok machine in 2 years, and a lower end in 5ish.
My biggest concern is speed and reliability. I can deal with turning down graphics for a game(but would rather avoid), but cannot stand for a game to lag even a little. I do not want to worry about faulty parts or anything going bad or wearing out. I don't really know how that translates into hardware.
GPU- Newegg.com - MSI R6950-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
think this will be the most important part from my understanding
MOBO- Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Case- Newegg.com - HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan
is it big enough/enough cooling? Cooling is important for parts lasting to my understanding.
OS- Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
Hard Drive- Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
not too worried about storage space, never used more than 50 gig that I can remember.
Memory- Newegg.com - Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1333ELK
Additional fans- Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan
if it helps keep the pc alive then it is worth it.
PSU will be the last part to decide on. Because it depends on the rest of the build, and because I don't know what to get lol.
Will have someone to help me assemble everything and get it installed, but I don't know if he is up to date on the latest tech for custom pcs. He is a techie, but not a pc builder. I've been told there is a difference for what I am trying to do, but I dunno.